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Hello you nice to put a face to the name
hello dude! nice to see ya!
you do look a bit like stone cold! is that where the nickname came from :S
your tank is a work of art, it really is visually stunning. How much money would it cost realistically to re-create that? and what all is the equipment that you have and would reccomend? would you personally have done anything differently? entirely honest please. as you can see i wrecked my classic porsche so the insurance should cover a marine tank. (i hope)Paul
Adam, yes thats were the nickname came from mate!! LOL
Hiya Paul,(porsche924)firstly I want to say..sorry to hear about your porsche, I cant even imagine how painful that must have been Secondly I would like to thank you for your very complimentary comments, I am a little taken aback, thank you very much.Now to answer your question and I WILL be entirely honest, I cant be anything else!!My first bill, which was for the tank (13 gallon Orca nano) its stand, 4kg of salt, the substrate and 24 gallons of RO water...oh and a hydrometer, was approx £210. The Orca is pretty much a 'plug and play' tank, which simply means, the skimmer the filters, the UV and the heater are already fitted. In the tank is approx 8kg of live rock which cost about anither £100. I have then bought, 1 melon mushroom covered rock ( £25) 1 large colony of polyps ( £25) 1 large colony of pulsing Xenia ( £30) and a feather duster worm ( £10)I got a little lucky with some freebee mushrooms and toadstools that were growing on my live rock already. Then I have a clean up crew and at the moment 3 fish, but that would be down to your own personal choice, but I guess your looking at approx £70 worth (for mine)So by my reckoning thats about £470 quid...so far!! I think your porsche insurance payout might just cover it mate..LOL. I want to buy a small power head (approx £30)for the circulation around the live rock. I believe this is a slight fault of this tank (poor water movement)and would advise an extra one. I will also go for another coral for the top left of the tank, probably a carpet Xenia (approx £25) So when its finished your looking at approx £530!Now for the crunch...what would I have done differently....I would have bought a bigger tank!!! Although I do love this one and will keep it. I am now going to purchase a larger tank (probably 4ft like my tropical)and create another marine reef tank. It is very addictive! I am pleased I started marine with the orca and I will keep it and use it to propogate corals and the like. It is very simple to achieve something like this, you just require patience and commitment to your maintenance regime, more so than when you keep tropicals for example. I have read so many books and now find myself giving out advise on this site, but in this hobby you learn so much every day, particularly off sites like this one!!Once again, thanks very much for the kind comments. I hope I have answered your questions? If you have anymore then dont hesitate to ask